Robert Sietsema at A-Wah


This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema is “pleasantly surprised” by Hong Kongese A-Wah.

Sam Sifton awards two stars to Aquavit and new chef Marcus Jernmark’s approach of “quiet, seasonal intensity that is well worth investigating.” [NY Times]

Steve Cuozzo falls for Mari Vanna, which he deems “totally adorable; the cuteskies are infectious. … Even the restaurant’s flubs are lovable.” [NY Post]

Jay Cheshes samples some of the goods at the new Food Hall at the Plaza Hotel, but finds that “[n]ot even a high-volume veteran like [Todd] English, it seems, can turn an army of workaday cooks — coordinated by a staff with ear buds and mics — into jacks-of-all-food.” [Time Out]

Ryan Sutton takes a tour of New York’s lobster rolls to find the best, and ends up with three winners: Pearl Oyster Bar, Luke’s Lobster, and Red Hook Lobster Pound. [Bloomberg]

Alan Richman sings the praises of Milos: “one of the best Greek restaurants in the world, rivaled only by Milos in Montreal and Milos in Athens.” [GQ/Forked]

Gael Greene has lots of love for Má Pêche, declaring that she “can’t wait to return.” [Insatiable Critic]

Tables for Two has a good sandwich at This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef: “dripping and spongy, with cheese like a dream, i[t’]s the kind of thing you gobble down in a fever.” [New Yorker]